Spring 2017 Course Schedule
History of the Byzantine Empire I, Instructor: Kostis Smrylis
Imperial Cities: Rome, Constantinople, Istanbul, Instructor: Kostis Smrylis
HEL-UA 105 | TWR 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
HEL-UA 107 | MW 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
HEL-UA 130 | Thursdays, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
This course examines the complex relationships between gender and representation as these have been specifically manifested in the history of Tragedy. It follows two strands: one historical and the other more theoretical. Specific instances of the role of gender in theatrical modes of production will be studied in the examples of Classical Greek and Elizabethan Tragedy. The absence of women from these stages will be read in relation to both the particular historical contexts and to the types of conventions of representation this absence helped shape. This historical investigation will continue into the age of Modernity where the ‘woman question’ becomes central to the modes and tropes of Naturalist theatre. A parallel concern of the course will be the structural link between gender construction and performativity as this has been expressed by recent psychoanalytical and gender theory. In this context recent developments in Queer Theory will be discussed with examples from contemporary plays and Performance Art.